Oct 13, 2010
Oct 13, 2010

Dish with Figures in a Chinese Garden

Dish with Figures in a Chinese Garden



Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze color enamel and gold with iron oxide (Arita ware)

Height: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); Diameter: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.257



This decorative porcelain—mass-produced for the export market in Europe—is inscribed with a poem from The Gateless Gate or The Gateless Barrier (Wuwen kuan in Chinese and Mumonkan in Japanese) by the Chinese Chan (Zen) master Wumen Huihai (1183–1260). The inscription reads, "I always remember the spring in the south. Where the partridges sing; how fragrant the countless flowers!"

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